Evaluating and Valuing Cull Beef Cows and Their Carcasses
Angus Beef Bulletin
If you think all cull cows going to slaughter end up as hamburger, think again. That was the message shared by Colorado State University meat scientist Dale Woerner during the 24th biennial Range Beef Cow Symposium in November.
University of Nebraska
The spring bull sale season is underway. Catalogs are being studied, EPDs and individual animal performance numbers are being compared and choices are being made as to which bulls will be the next herd sires.
Biological signal indicates ‘go time’ for newborns
Farm and Ranch Guide
A baby calf nursing for the first time … if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful. But no matter how serene it may seem on the outside, what’s happening inside is a fast and furious defense system. The biological signal that calf, and its immune system, gets could be summed up as, “It’s go time!”
The Challenge of Describing Sustainability in the Beef Industry
The definition of sustainability in agriculture is a much debated topic. When focusing on production agriculture, Cameron Bruett with JBS USA and past president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, put it simply as “Doing more with less. Doing better today than you did yesterday so you have the opportunity to improve tomorrow. It is about continuous improvement”.
Cold Weather Increases Energy Requirements for Spring-Calving Herds
Cows require more energy in winter to stay warm and to maintain their core body temperature during prolonged periods of cold, according to Justin Waggoner, research and extension beef systems specialist at Kansas State University.
Cattle minerals – getting your sights on a moving target
Animal requirements are not constant and, most importantly, standing forage mineral content can vary significantly with grazing pressure, seasonal maturity and even pasture to pasture.
Small grains as forage: Harvest or graze soon, not late
Daren D. Redfearn
Progressive Forage Grower
Incorporating small grains offers many benefits for forage production; however, not all small-grain species are equal when it comes to forage production. There are substantial differences in terms of seasonality, cold tolerance and the ability of the species to be incorporated into existing cropping systems.
Good Stockmen Understand What an Animal is “Saying”
Low-stress livestock handling is based on a mutual understanding and communication between bovine and human. That is, when our animals understand what we are telling them to do and we understand what they are telling us in response, and we communicate effectively with them (which is done through proper technique), they will willingly do what we want.
Nutrient and vaccination programs to prevent losses in calving herds
In the midst of the spring calving season, beef producers could experience calf losses due to late-term abortions and stillbirths. Although it might seem that there is an increase in the number of calf abortions occurring, a certain number of them are a regular part of the calving season, according to Gregg Hanzlicek, director of production animal field investigations at the Kansas State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Worms in the cow herd
Veterinarians and producers generally recognize that control of internal parasites is critical and cost-effective, particularly in calves and replacement heifers. In the mature cow herd, however, where the effects of parasitism are mostly subclinical, the benefits of treatment can be less obvious. Nevertheless, an appropriate parasite-control program in the cow herd can protect against loss of body condition, reduced immunity and reproductive losses.